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The Lalafell in Final Fantasy XIV use names that are ruled by rhythm, repetition, and rhyming (as well as a little alliteration). Syllable count also plays a large part. There are four unique sets of rules, and these rules are rarely deviated from. Once the rules are learned, one will be able to discern a Lalafell's clan and gender by simply looking at a name.

The Lalafellin language (used by the clans before they arrived in Eorzea) originally only possessed five distinct vowels: a e i o u. It should be noted that Lalafellin pronunciation is nearly congruent with that of Japanese.

The pronunciations are as follows:

  • a ("ah" as in arm, /ɑ/)
  • e ("eh" as in bet, /ɛ/)
  • i ("ee" as in beet, /i/)
  • o ("oh" as in home, /ɔ/)
  • u ("ooh" as in dude, /u/)

Surnames are only surnames in placement, as they are not taken from the mother or father and are unique to the individual.

Plainsfolk[edit | edit source]

Male[edit | edit source]

  1. The phoneme pattern used is AB - CB
  2. The A and C phonemes do not have to rhyme.
  3. The A, B, and C phonemes are usually limited to one or two syllables.
  • Zorido Manarido
  • Kopel Yorpel
  • Alka Zolka
  • Waguda Mabaguda

Fun Fact: In everyday speech, Plainsfolk males will usually always use their full names, rarely ever breaking them down into solely first or last.

Female[edit | edit source]

  1. The phoneme pattern used is ABB - AB.
  2. The A and B phonemes are always one syllable, and most often a single consonant paired with a single vowel, or simply a single vowel.
  • Mimomo Mimo
  • Tokiki Toki
  • Ulala Ula
  • Honmeme Honme

Dunesfolk[edit | edit source]

Male[edit | edit source]

  1. The phoneme pattern used is AAB - CCB
  2. The A and C phonemes are 1 syllable, the B phoneme 2.
  3. The A and C phonemes may rhyme, but do not have to.
  4. Syllables are most often a single consonant paired with a single vowel, or simply a single vowel.
  • Jajariku Nanariku (rhyming)
  • Momomena Lolomena (rhyming)
  • Nunulupa Tatalupa (non-rhyming)
  • Fafajoni Kukujoni (non-rhyming)

There are rare cases when the B phoneme will 'seemingly' have one syllable such as Zozonan or Nanalai. The 'n' and 'i' here are, in fact, the remnants of sounds that were once paired with a Lalafellin vowel that, over time, has disappeared from speech, and therefore become silent in names.

Female[edit | edit source]

  1. The phoneme pattern used is AAB - AB
  2. The A and B phonemes are 1 syllable (with the A phoneme always repeated in the forename).
  3. Syllables are most often a single consonant paired with a single vowel, or simply a single vowel.
  • Jajano Jano
  • Kokobi Kobi
  • Yayamo Yamo
  • Chuchumu Chumu

Royalty[edit | edit source]

Members of the Ul'dah and Sil'dih royal families also bear the names of their respective sultanates.

  • Nanamo Ul Namo
  • Lalawefu Sil Tatawefu


References[edit | edit source]

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